The ‘Card’ in question is Edward Henry Machin - His mother called him ‘Denry’. This light-hearted story is of his rise from humble beginnings as the son of a washerwoman and sempstress in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, in the pottery towns (which Arnold Bennett christened ‘The Five Towns’) of the English Midlands; how, by his own wits, enterprise and ‘nerve’ he rose to wealth, married bliss and public recognition as the youngest-ever mayor of his home town.
“’And yet,’ demanded Councillor Barlow, ‘what’s he done? What great cause is he identified with?’
‘He’s identified,’ said the speaker, ‘with the great cause of cheering us all up’.” (summary by Andy Minter)
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December 22, 2016 Subject:
I also didn't know what a "card" was. I assumed it was something of a rogue or blackguard. But no - it's someone who, while not a clown, gives others a laugh with his flair and audacity. At least, that's the definition I came up with by listening to this story. Denry isn't milk-white, but he's not a villain by any means. Great fun, and all he touches somehow, inexplicably, comes right.
Great reading as well. :)
July 6, 2016 Subject:
Entertaining on both counts!
Until LibriVox, I hadn't heard of Arnold Bennett and now I wish more of his stories were available on this site. And I can't imagine a better reader than Andy Minter, so more Arnold and Andy please!! :)
March 1, 2010 Subject:
What a card!
Well, now I know what a "card" is - and Denry Machin fits the definition to a tee. Just what will he do next? And what vistas of British society and wit will he reveal whilst doing it?
This was a fun book, on so many levels. I came to it knowing nothing about Arnold Bennett - but thoroughly enjoyed his writing. Andy Minter is an excellent reader and brought the characters alive with his voicing.
September 9, 2009 Subject:
And who doesn't like seeing an underdog come out on top?
Dhenry (there's a name for ya!) is an average joe with a witty and mischievous desire to get into new things. Those new things provide him with adventure, love, wealth, and prestige. It's a fantasy, no doubt, but an endearing one.
The reader has a pleasant voice; he is easy to listen to and understand.
All in all, the book is a pleasure to listen to. Enjoy!
August 30, 2009 Subject:
Andy Minter- excellent reader
He is a joy.Thank you,Andy.
May 30, 2009 Subject:
Andy Minter- excellent reader
I wanted to thank you Mr. Minter for reading the book "Wrong Box" by R.L. Stevenson. The writing came alive in your reading of it, and I thouroughly enjoyed your rendition of the good old Uncle, and the lawyer character also.
October 10, 2008 Subject:
The Card by Arnold Bennett
Arnold Bennett once agains proves to be the consummate story-teller and Andy Minter, the consummate narrator. I enjoyed this story thoroughly.
April 4, 2008 Subject:
Ferris Buehler in Edwardian England
That's Denry Machin, the eponymous "card." It's a witty, wonderful "read," with lots of humor and some not unkind judgments of various classes of England at the time.
Andy Minter's reading is superb. The production quality is almost professional - quite listenable - and is voice is all the way professional.
November 4, 2007 Subject:
Andy Minter is a professional quality reader and this is little gem of a story. (The BookWorm, Manchester, UK)
Reviewer:John in London
May 24, 2007 Subject:
Something you must hear
This is a wonderful story written by a master story teller. Andy Minter's reading is simply the best audio book I have ever heard amateur or professional. Do try